Now We Are Four!

KW joined us on November 10, 2010. Thanks for following our journey as a family!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Half Turn to the Left

I know, I know. Every child is different, and they develop on different timetables, blah, blah, blah. But we are coming up on a full month after Lee rolled over, and KW shows absolutely no interest. None. Nada. Oh, she will look at something over her shoulder, sometimes even arch her back. If she really wants it, she will flick her hand at it, maybe even ooch till she can grab it. But doesn't ever try to roll to get it. This pretty much sums up her feelings about rolling:

So, I decided to help her. Just a little bit. Just to roll her over on her side, so she could get used to that feeling. I had planned on rolling to one side, then the other, when she turned the rest of the way!

Yea, I was about that excited until I remembered she didn't actually roll over. But I will rejoice in this ninety degree turn until she does.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Slow and steady wins the race. Nine months up, nine months down. Diastasis recti. Basically this means that if you see me before I have eaten anything for the day, you will think, "Wow. Amelia is really looking good after only five months." If you see me after I have eaten one bite - and for the rest of the day - you will think, "Wow. Amelia looks like she is still pregnant." Don't be jealous. Please. Or, maybe you should.

"Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy,
to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,
holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship."
Romans 12:1

This post has been percolating for a while now - almost forty days, to be exact. For isn't is appropriate to consider these things when we are in the midst of the season of sacrifice? Remembering the physical sacrifice Christ made for us, so we would one day be free from these bodies once and for all?

"There [is] no more fitting way
to celebrate Easter
than in a body that has been undone on behalf of another."
R. Jankovic, Loving the Little Years

And so, isn't this body really a gift? A daily life of sacrifices made for others, so I can better know my Savior? So I can become more like Him as I push down my own desires for feeling well, looking well, sleeping well?

"He knows exactly how you're feeling
and invites you to turn this difficult moment of sacrifice
into a profound place of intimacy and understanding with him."
G. Thomas, Sacred Parenting

A moment, that is all. I already know how fast this time goes, because I am looking at the slender, lengthening legs of my two-year-old even as I squeeze the chunky ham hocks on my baby girl. It is only a moment, and it will be gone. And I, too, will have grown. I want it to be in His direction. Towards wisdom, prayer, self-control, patience.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


One way you know the bouncy seat is on its way out. KW is trying to send me a message with her Pilates moves, but I am ignoring it so far. I look at it as helping her develop her abs for sitting on her own.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Summer Dress

I was so excited to be able to put KW in this dress, at least once. It is one she borrowed from her cousin, and I thought she might not be able to get into it by summer. And, for her five month birthday pictures, too!